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First Presbyterian Church

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1928–1930, Charles Z. Klauder. 321 W. South St.

The First Presbyterian Church is the most splendid church facing Bronson Park. This Late Gothic Revival church replaced the 1885 brick church that burned in 1926 leaving only a shell, and hastened the construction of this new building. The church was designed by Klauder of Philadelphia, an architect known for Gothic adaptations—in particular, the Cathedral of Learning (1925–1937) at the University of Pittsburgh. Members of the congregation, the father-and-son firm of Moore McQuigg and Son built the church as “a labor of love as well as business.” The tracery in the prominent stained glass rose window high above the single, recessed, arched entrance is French flamboyant (flamelike) Gothic. The brilliant blues, purples, and reds of this window and the chancel window contribute to the magnificence of the lofty English open-truss nave. The windows were manufactured by Willett Studios of Philadelphia. The church has low Gothic-arcaded side aisles. This steel, concrete, and cut limestone building was a twentieth-century response to the congregation's religious needs while retaining the medieval religious imagery.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "First Presbyterian Church", [Kalamazoo, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-KZ3.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 213-214.

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